Pakistan should see Iran nuclear deal as an opportunity at the regional level, but also remember that it is important to have multiple partners, a visiting professor from the United States advised.

Dr Farhat Haque, Professor Monmouth College, Illinois, pointedly noted in her lecture on ‘The Iran Nuclear Deal and US Domestic Politics’, at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Thursday that the deal was inevitable despite opposition by the Republican Party of USA, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

We need to understand that the US is not as much dependent on Saudi Arabia as perceived, and that Israel and Saudi Arabia are on same page in regional politics not because they fear a nuclear Iran but because they fear an economically strong Iran, she said.

Dr Farhat said the Iran nuclear agreement will have crucial ramifications for regional balance of power and Pakistan, in its own interest, should help keep Saudi-Iran friction low especially by containing sectarianism and extremism at home.

Dr Farhat, who is an American of Pakistani origin, said the nuclear deal may put to rest the Bush era doctrine of unilateral projection of US power. She said the Iraq war was a mistake, and sees the rise of IS (Daesh) as fallout of such mistakes in the Middle East.

She said that unlike the ‘fantasies’ of Bush’s Republican administration, the Obama administration understands and values differences in cultures and faiths and feels that Iran should be reintegrated in the international community.

She said the Republicans-dominate Congress will most likely refuse to ratify the Iran deal but President Obama can and will veto it down and sign it.